How does marking work?

At the Euroexam Centre we believe that for most students, the ability to communicate is more important than a theoretical knowledge of language. We provide standardised exams that test students’ success in real communication. Our vision is that students are keen to demonstrate their language skills in motivating and exciting contexts, and in fair and challenging tests.

Euroexam’s procedures are fully transparent and secure. All written exam scripts are returned for marking by independent examiners in the UK and Euroexam’s regional centres in the EU. In order to ensure accuracy two assessors mark the examination paper.

Speaking tests are recorded and transferred electronically for marking by our accredited oral examiners in the UK and Europe. Our team of native English speaking interlocutors and invigilators who supervise the examinations takes no part in the marking or assessment process. This makes Euroexams fair, impartial, and secure.

All examiners are approved by Euroexam and undergo frequent training and moderation, to ensure that grades are awarded strictly in accordance with the levels of the Common European Framework and the requiremenets of Euroexams.

 

What success in the Euroexams means

Every examination is made up of two parts (written and spoken) and tests the four skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. To pass candidates need to score 60% of the total marks with a minimum of 40% in each skill.

  • Written Exam: Reading, Writing and Listening skills

  • Spoken Exam: Speaking skills

If however you take the spoken and written parts of the exam separately, you need to score at least 60% in both parts to pass the Euroexam.

Passing the Euro Examinations indicates that the candidate can undertake a variety of real-life tasks in English. Assessment in the Euroexam does not focus just on accuracy of language, but primarily on communication including the clarity of the overall message, the effect on the reader or listener, and success in including all relevant content.
 

Components of the Examination

In more detail, the following are tested:

  • Reading: three sub-skills are tested - skimming, scanning and reading for detailed information.

  • Writing: guided and extensive writing in specified genres.

  • Listening: tests listening for specific information and detailed information. 

  • Speaking: prepared monologue, functional language/turntaking and communication skills.  

 

Overview of the number of tasks in each test of the Euroexam
 

Euroexam Test

A1 Tasks

A2 Tasks

B1 Tasks

B2 Tasks

C1 Tasks

Reading

3

3

3

3

3

Writing

2

2

2

2

2

Listening

3

3

3

3

3

Speaking

4

4

4

4

3

Total

12

12

12

12

11